Fiery Furnace At Arches National park
The Fiery Furnace was one of my favorite areas in Arches National Park.
A parking lot accessible off the main scenic drive in the park will take you to the Fiery Furnace Viewpoint. The Fiery Furnace is a collection of narrow sandstone canyons, fins, spires and arches. From the overlook you will see a labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls.
The suns rays bouncing off the red sandstone is just stunning. Apparently the best time to visit the viewpoint is near sunset when the light makes the rocks “glow like a wood-fired furnace” according to the NPS website. We always do our hikes in the morning, but I’ve added this to the list of things to do in a future visit. It was gorgeous when I visited in the morning so I can’t imagine what sunset looks like.
What I really want to do is take a ranger-guided tour through the Fiery Furnace. In 1994 the National Park Service initiated a permit system for the hike to reduce the environmental impact on the area. Walk Through Arch, Crawl Through Arch, Skull Arch, Kissing Turtles Arch and Surprise Arch are just some of the arches you get to encounter on this strenuous two mile hike.
Unfortunately (due to covid-19 I’m sure) there are no hikes planned for 2021. Maybe by the time we make it back to the park in a year or two they will be leading hikes again. If interested in more details on the hike check out the NPS website.
I HIGHLY recommend stopping at this viewpoint and checking out this amazing area. The cool, red sandstone formations basking in the sun will not disappoint.
Did I mention the other amazing views from here including the snow capped mountains in the distance? They were pretty impressive all on there own as well!